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I. Michael Weis

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: University of Windsor
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Public School attended: Aaron Levy, Syracuse, N.Y.
High School attended: Wm. Nottingham, Syracuse, N.Y.
Further Education: Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. (B.Sc.), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. (M.Sc. - Biophysics), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (M.Sc. - Zoology; Ph.D.)).
Geographic focus of research: Great Lakes Basin and Nunavut

Brief synopsis of current research:
I study uptake, loss, and want to begin research on biological transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic plants of the Great Lakes region. I also study demographic consequences of species interactions, particularly competition, among terrestrial plants from tall grass prairies. Lastly, I study geographical patterns in organic contaminant distributions in the Canadian arctic, focusing on one widespread species, the ringed seal, Phoca hispida.

Mailing address:
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4
Phone: (519)253-3000 ext.2724; Fax: (519)971-3609


Recent Publications:

Weis, I.M. and D.C.G. Muir. 1997. Geographical variation of persistent organochlorine concentrations in blubber of ringed seal (Phoca hispida) from the Canadian arctic: univariate and multivariate approaches. Envir.Pollution 96:321-333.

Weis, I.M. and L.A. Hermanutz. 1993. Pollination dynamics of arctic dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa; Betulaceae) and its role in the loss of seed production. Amer.J.Bot. 80:1021-1027.

Cameron, M. and I.M. Weis. 1993. Organochlorine contaminants in the country food diet of the Belcher Island inuit, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic 46:42-48.

I'm not at all sure that I should be considered an aquatic scientist. I think of myself as an ecologist, or if more focus is needed, as a population ecologist. My background is almost all in terrestrial ecology, but I have always looked at research from a point of view that tries to ask interesting questions, and only then finds a place and a way to ask them experimentally.